NUR5111 - Contemporary nursing practice 1 - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery


Mrs Susan Irvine

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)
  • Second semester 2017 (Flexible)


This unit is the first of four practice units in the graduate entry Master of Nursing Practice. The unit provides students with foundation knowledge and skills for nursing practice with an emphasis on physical health assessment. Knowledge and nursing practice skills are introduced around case scenarios. Each case will use an individualised client centred approach. Content to be covered within each scenario will include physiology, introductory pharmacology, application of the legal and ethical dimensions of care and nursing skills development. Clinical practice experience is an integral component of this unit and concentrates on the attainment of fundamental client care.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Apply anatomical and physiological principles to the outcomes of the patient assessment and care planning process.
  2. Integrate scientific theory and clinical problem solving, communication and decision making skills to systematically assess a patient in the acute care clinical setting.
  3. Plan and evaluate patient assessment data using clinical problem solving and decision making processes to justify care interventions across the lifespan of patients in acute care settings.
  4. Plan, implement and evaluate nursing care using a person-centred approach cognisant of each individual's autonomy, self-esteem and dignity.
  5. Apply the principles of pharmacology to therapeutic drug administration and monitoring to ensure the safe care of patients in a clinical setting.
  6. Describe the legal and professional nursing requirements associated with quality use of medications including safe oral drug administration, storage and handling.
  7. Perform basic nursing care skills to maintain and ensure patient safety using an evidence-based and professional approach in the clinical environment.
  8. Identify the core principles of palliative care and the resources available for people with life limiting illness.
  9. Practise in accordance with NMBA Registered Nurse standards for practice and other professional standards at a beginning level.


Clinical placement: 160 hours.


  • Active learning engagement (30%)
  • Case study (3000 words) (30%)
  • Clinical performance (160 hours) (40%) (hurdle)
  • Clinical laboratory sessions - compulsory 100% attendance
  • Must complete clinical placement (160 hours)

Workload requirements

Blended learning activities, including online and classroom sessions 6 hours/week; laboratories 2 hours/week; self-directed activities 4 hours/week.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Nursing and midwifery